Since no can be trusted to not have some homophobic tweets lurking in their past, and the #metoo movement exposed serial gross guys, the award show host pool has gotten much smaller. So small the Oscars went without a host this year (and may do so again in 2020) and it looks like the Emmys may follow suit.
According to Variety:
The possibility of a host-less Emmys is among the leading options being considered by Fox and the Television Academy as it preps for this year’s telecast.
With just three months until the telecast and no host yet named, insiders confirm that the Emmys may go without one for the first time since 2003 (when the show also aired on Fox). But they also caution that nothing has been decided, and the perfect host may still come along and be hired.
I don’t know what the hell Billy Crystal is up to but he needs to check his Twitter history for racist, homophobic tweets and then make sure there no video of him at a club groping a woman, and start hosting.
It looks like the high ratings of the Oscars may have inspired the Emmys. Though people think the ratings hike might be because the movies had “wide appeal”, which just means Avengers:Endgame will be heavily nominated next year.
The idea, of course, is also inspired by this year’s Academy Awards telecast, which earned high marks (and improved ratings) despite not having a host at its core.
The conventional wisdom was that the Oscars show succeeded because the attention was focused on the year’s big movies, which happened to also have wide appeal, such as “A Star Is Born,” “The Green Book,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And indeed, the show’s ratings improved by 12% among viewers and 13% with adults 18-49.
Huh? Turns out Spiderman won an Oscar last year. Who knew? Certainly not Gwyenth Paltrow…..
It also looks like no really wants to host as it’s a thankless job and social media will come hard for you if you screw it up.
And it would also resolve one of the most challenging issue facing awards shows these days: Finding the right host who is then willing to do it, in an age when they’re almost likely to be lambasted on social media.
“It’s a tough job and it’s kind of a thankless job,” “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon recently told Variety.
If they do end up desperate for a host, maybe they can see if Howard Stern wants to reprise his role of Fartman. Now that would be the cure for the boresville fest that is the Emmys.